Sabatose steps down after 197 wins at Clarion

                                                Sabatose Steps Down After 197 Wins at Clarion

Courtesy of Lori Sabatose

Lori Sabatose has been a successful student-athlete, coach and sports and recreation administrator.  Sabatose has been the head women’s tennis coach since 1998 and Student Recreation Center Director at Clarion University of PA since 1999.

During her coaching career at Clarion University, the Golden Eagles women’s tennis team has won National and Regional Awards including the Women’s National Team Sportsmanship Award in March 2006.  One of her players Lori Sabatosewon the NCAA National Sportsmanship Winner for female athletes in 2007, while two of her players took home  the  ITA, (Intercollegiate Tennis Association Arthur) Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the East Region in 2006 and 2007.   Clarion University won the USTA ITA Sectional Community Service Award in 2005 and Sabatose won the USTA Middle States Section Allegheny Mountain District Coach of the year award in 2004.

As a four year starter at Clarion University, she led the team to 3 PSAC team (1988-91) championship titles and helped her team to compile a 47-2 dual meet record during her career.  During Sabatose’s college campaign at Clarion, her team participated in the NCAA Div. II Nationals in the Spring of 1989.   She posted a career singles slate of 51-7 and won the PSAC #6 singles title in 1989 and #5 singles title in 1990.  Serving as a Co-captain of the 1991 team she notched a 12-1 singles record at the #2 position and placed second at PSACs.  In doubles play she accomplished a 53-11 record while winning the PSAC #2 doubles crown in 1989 and 1990.

Sabatose has recently been honored with the USTA/NIRSA National Tennis Ace Award – through which Clarion University was the National Winner 2008 and she won as a professional for Middle States 2008.  She served as the Tennis co-head coach for the Maccabi USA  Sports in Israel. 2010 she won the Coaches Equity award. 2011 she was the Tiffin university fellow for the Olympic Experience. She will continue to be the Director of the Student Recreation Center and will continue to be the Brockway high school boys head coach this spring.

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